This Day in History: George Washington’s State of the Union

On this day in 1790, George Washington delivers the very first State of the Union address. Did you know that Presidents are constitutionally required to give State of the Union addresses? Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State […]

This Day in History: North Carolina ratifies the Bill of Rights

On this day in 1789, North Carolina ratifies the Bill of Rights. The state’s action came just one short month after it had ratified the Constitution. The close timing between these two events was no coincidence. North Carolina had been purposefully late in approving the Constitution: It was the second to last colony to join […]

This Day in History: New Jersey ratifies the Constitution

On this day in 1787, New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Can you believe that the state’s ratifying convention spent less than half of its 9 meeting days debating or discussing the substance of constitutional provisions!? The lack of controversy in New Jersey is interesting, particularly given the fact that […]

This Day in History: George Washington passes away

On this day in 1799, President George Washington passes away. He was living in retirement at Mount Vernon at the time. The importance of this latter fact cannot be emphasized enough! Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to be. Yet, at the end of the day, all Washington ever […]

Was the Electoral College created only because of slavery?

Does the Electoral College have racist roots? Was it created only because of slavery?  To listen to some media commentators in recent weeks, you would think so. But nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s start by acknowledging an obvious fact: Yes, some of our Founders owned slaves. Compromises were made in our early […]